Minnesota Twins' anti-LGBT bullying Facebook post brings out the homophobes

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Some Twins fans are very uncomfortable with the thought of Minne and Paul touching in a sensual way, apparently.
Today, all 30 Major League Baseball teams published Facebook posts in support of #SpiritDay, a GLAAD-sponsored event in which folks are encouraged to "take a stand against bullying."

SEE ALSO: Target Field guard scolded lesbian Twins fans for kissing

If you think that'd be uncontroversial, think again. Below the jump is a sampling of some of the homophobic comments Twins fans unleashed in response to the team's post.

Here's the original post, along with a couple of comments that give you a taste of what a number of people were saying about it (it should be noted, of course, that many commenters commended the Twins for their involvement with #SpiritDay, so these responses certainly aren't representative of everyone):

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And here's more:

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In related news, it took the Twins more than a year to release their long-promised "It Gets Better" video, and when it was finally released in September of last year, the video made no mention of the LGBT-rights component of the bullying issue.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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alicia.steele.mn
alicia.steele.mn

Would be really awesome if you guys also collected and shared the POSITIVE ones. Obviously people are idiots on the internet.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

As a man with a gay brother which I love VERY much and fully support....we both are in agreement that much of the gay population has to shove their sexuality in everyone's faces....which is part of the reason for backlash. Is there a straight pride festival? Do I have a straight only bar? Do I get a symbol like a rainbow? No, neither he nor I feel the need to shout our sexual preference from a rooftop. 

People have moral objections. Get over it. It's no different than abortion or capital punishment. People freak out with a restaurant is anti homosexuality, but whatever happened to religious and personal freedom in this country. Simply don't go, we don't need to hear about your choice. Homosexuality has existed for thousands of years and finally is not being persecuted as much. But we need to allow for differing opinions without jumping on the "hate" or "ignorant" train. 

I don't understand why people use the racial comparison. You would need to have 1k Matthew Shepherds for it to be even comparable. Black people were hung from trees. Disgusting. I don't think gays have been persecuted like unfortunately minorities have. 

m.k.austin3
m.k.austin3

This makes me proud and disappointed in MN. When will the hate end? 
Thank you MN Twins for posting this knowing very well the bad messages you will receive. The last time a baseball team did something so ballsy [pun intended] it worked out to change baseball history, I think we are all familiar with it; Jackie Robinson.

“Maybe tomorrow we'll all wear 42 , that way they won't tell us apart.” -Pee Wee Reese (42)

KosterFardos
KosterFardos

apes on apes. cops on cops. jesus is dead. freedom is here. 

ultraviolenttaste
ultraviolenttaste

You fear what you do not understand, like a wild beast....Homophobic is another name for unevolved dead weight on the human race.

aruparsuxballs
aruparsuxballs

So as usual if you disagree with lefties you are a bully, maybe you are so easily bullied because you are a weakling and have no self esteem, if you had them you would not be so upset over twitter posts. And let me guess this story is by Aaron Rupar, doesn't shitty pages have any other writers?

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

I like Chris Israel's response. Homophobic AND racist!

Emily Anderson
Emily Anderson

Why are people like this? I just don't understand why they have to react so viscerally to something this.

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

Well those morons just proved the Twins' anti-gay bullying message right. Dummies.

ButcherBaby
ButcherBaby

Proof that sports fans are a bunch of unelightened, redneck goobers. At least a lot of them are.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

but as a gay man who was bullied why is lgbt called out..i think all bullying is wrong..try being the fat straight girl or pimply straight boy..

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

more than normal people it seems

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Conservative homophobic bigots are too stupid to change but just smart enough to see the world changing around them.   Their hate and lies are laid bare.   People like these bigots are the laughingstock of the world.   The most pathetic thing is how they hide behind their faith as an excuse for bigotry.  Jesus must be proud of how you "Christians" spend your days fighting to make sure kids get bullied instead of helping the poor.   Make sure you remember this at the ballot box when it comes to election time.   We don't need these mentally ill bigots making important decisions.    How can you spot the mentally ill bigots?   They are the ones with Republican after their name.   They all vote the same as Michele Bachmann just some of them like John Kline have sense enough to not say his bigoted thoughts on TV.  

Kurt Hendricks
Kurt Hendricks

I love how these idiots unwittingly pointed out the necessity of lgbt bullying awareness.

Andrew Lee
Andrew Lee

BREAKING NEWS: There are dumb people on the Internet and they post things.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

so the simple anti-bullying message really gets bullies mad/ bullies hate beign told what to do

this is some paradox....like the nixus of the universe

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Sports groupies can be homophobic? ::mind explodes:: In other news, water is wet and Republocrats love debt.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@k2yeb  

1. No, you do not have a straight pride festival.  However, you are free to organize one.  Just as I am free to organize a "Grumpy Internet Commentators of Nordic Descent  Pride Festival."  Better get crackin.

2.  Nope.  No straight only bars.  Also no gay only bars.  Also, nohip-hop only bars.  And no death metal only bars.  Certain crowds gravitate toward certain bars but none of them ban others from participating.  Deal with it.

3. 99.999999% of Americans agree with you and do not "shout their sexual preference from the rooftop."  Gay and straight alike.  But only because it is polite.  Not because one or the other is shameful.

4. Abortion = choice.  Capital Punishment = choice.  Sexual preference?  Not the same category.  I can have a moral objection to the natural color of your eyes, but it doesn't change reality.  It just makes me an asshole if I make a big deal about it.

5. Any "religious and personal freedom" that infringes on another person's "religious and personal freedom" needs to be checked at the door when you're operating in the public sector.  Do whatever you want at home, but society expects a minimum level of behavior in public.

6. Homosexuality has existed for thousands of years.  Correct.  However, when you say, "finally not being persecuted as much," (emphasis mine) - You count that as a win?  Game over, let's all go home?  "Hey guys, they eased up off us a little bit.  YAY!"

7. Again, it's about choice vs no choice.  Have gay people suffered exactly the same as other minorities?  No.  Have any minorities suffered exactly the same?  No.  Are you saying it's acceptable because it's different?  Or because you think it somehow a lesser degree of persecution?  Tell me, what is an acceptable level of persecution and human suffering?  Where do you draw that line?

Finally, I think @MicheleBachmann is right.  I don't think you have a gay brother, or you've never sat down and spelled out your feelings like you did here.  I think if you did that he would call you a dick to your face.  (Without flaunting his in yours.)

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@k2yeb You are lying about your gay brother or your gay brother hates you for saying such stupid bigoted things. 

MySideIsBestDERPDERP
MySideIsBestDERPDERP

@aruparsuxballs Ha. I find it funny as I vote independent that both sides wine and complain equally. but OF COURSE (insert your side here) doesn't do it as much as (lefties, righties?) At least with the "left" their complaining is due to wanting more rights for human beings and being tolerant. I find the right are usually more like people who didn't like to share their toys as a kid.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@aruparsuxballs Why do you read it then? Is the Glenn Beck page down today?

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Emily Anderson  

This is just the fallout from their political leaders trying to use gay people as leverage into office, and religious leaders trying to help them.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Emily Anderson Because their Bible tells them they should hate gays...or something.

footnotegirl
footnotegirl

@Erica Anderson The responses to any post fighting anti-lgbt bullying justifies the need for fighting anti-lgbt bullying. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@ButcherBaby But they really enjoy We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions. They haven't got a clue...

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@ButcherBaby Yep, because only sports fans are homophobic idiots, right?

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Randall G Baxter The Twins already launched a "general" bullying campaign last  year, that is still going on. That didn't stop people from talking out of their asses though.

ooohhhhh
ooohhhhh

@MySideIsBestDERPDERP @aruparsuxballs the left more tolerant? did you forget to take your medication today? they are two sides of the same coin, and congrats on your independent vote, you could have stayed home and had the same result and saved the gas money.

ooohhhhh
ooohhhhh

@MNjoe @aruparsuxballs no glenns site is up, but your moms site was experiencing difficulties due to the new scat videos she put up

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MNjoe @ooohhhhh

Wait... Is this XBox Live?

I wouldn't sweat it @MNjoe.That's the kind of insult I usually hear right before I hear someone's mother off-mic grounding them from their videogames....

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@ooohhhhh @MNjoe @aruparsuxballs  Wow - no capitalization, no punctuation - open a book and learn basic English.  How do you expect anyone to take you seriously when you can't write a basic sentence?

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